This week’s entertainment guide features a Mediterranean restaurant in Itaim Bibi, a bar that specializes in the Cuban drink mojito, a band who is coming to São Paulo after a successful stint in Bahia over Carnival, the latest film release which explores communication with the dead and a museum with a slightly different approach in Jardim Europa.

DressingChef Douglas Santi formerly of Milan, Italy is the inspiration behind the menu at Dressing the modern restaurant located on Rua Amauri in Itaim Bibi. The restaurant has been designed with a glass faade and gives off an air of sophistication. Some of the dishes you may consider trying on the menu include; Risotto with asparagus, mushroom and camembert: Duo of salmon and tuna with saut mushroom or perhaps ravioli stuufed with brie served with Jerez honey and strawberry chutney. Children are also remembered the children, with options of meat, chicken and fish, accompanied by french fries. Cost per person R$60. Address: Rua Amauri, 337, Itaim Bibi. Telephone (11) 3167-5347. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Check the website http://www.dressing.com.br

Mojito The mojito, is a traditional Cuban drink that has made its way into some of São Paulos famous bars such as Azucar. A mojito can be described as both strong and easy to drink (much like its cousin the caipirinha) and is perfect for any occasion. At Azucar, the barman Drio Santana will mix one up for you but suggests that it is consumed with a Cuban cigar. The mojito has its origins in the 17th century when English Admiral Francis Drake offered sailors a mixture of mint and rum to eliminate stomach and respiratory problems. The mojito made its comeback 40 years ago in the famous Havana bar La Bodeguita, who penned the name and launched its popularity. If you fancy mixing up one at home, here are the ingredients – Cuban Dry Rum, juice of one lime, one teaspoon of sugar, sparkling mineral water, mint leaves and ice. To make, you simply need to mash the lime juice, mint and sugar in a cup and add rum, water and ice (remember to add more mint at the end). If you prefer to leave it in the hands of experts try Azucar located at Rua Dr. Mrio Ferraz, 423, Itaim Bibi. Phone:(11) 3078-0718 Open Monday to Saturday. Check website http://www.azucar.com.br

O Chiclete com BananaO Chiclete com Banana will perform a once only show in São Paulo on 24 February, 2005. The band comprising of Bell Marques, Wadinho Marques, Rey, Waltinho Cruz and Deny have enjoyed a busy 2005 Carnival where they have been playing in Bahia. In fact the band was instrumental in the electro movement which was launched at Carnival in Bahia in the 80s. Following this success the band launched Festa do Estica e Puxa, made especially for Xuxa. They play everything from rock to forró, with lead vocalist Bell who has a reputation for commanding the stage and enticing the audience into frenzied dance. When: 9:30pm on 24 February, 2005. Where: Credicard Hall see website for details http://www.credicardhall.com.br. Tickets cost R$100.

White NoiseIn the drama thriller White Noise Michael Keaton plays successful architect Jonathan Rivers, whose peaceful existence is shattered by the unexplained disappearance and death of his wife, Anna (Chandra West). Jonathan is eventually contacted by a man (Ian McNeice), who claims to be receiving messages from Anna through EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), the process through which the dead communicate with the living through household recording devices. At first skeptical, Jonathan then becomes convinced of the messages’ validity, and is soon obsessed with trying to contact her on his own. His further explorations into EVP and the accompanying supernatural messages unwittingly open a door to another world, allowing something uninvited into his life. Released in Brazil on 18 February, 2005. PG for violence, disturbing images and language. 1 hr 41 minutes.

The Museu Brasileiro de EsculturaThe Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE) was designed by arquitect Paulo Mendes da Rocha and was inspired by gardens of Burle Marx. Opening in 1995 the museum wa inaugurated with pieces from Victor Brecheret. The MuBE is differnt from most museums because it has no fixed pieces, rather they show exhibitions from some famous artists. For example Cndido Portinari and other modernists such as Max Ernst, Csar and Bernar Venet have shown there work at MuBE. One Sundays there is an antique fair and live shows for children. For the latest exhibitions you can check the website www.mube.art.br. MuBE is located on Rua Alemanha, 221, Jardim Europa. Phone (11) 3081-8611. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.

See below for previous editions of What’s On in São Paulo

What’s On Guide, Feb 11 – Feb 16, 2005
What’s On Guide, Feb 3 – Feb 10, 2005
What’s On Guide, Jan 27- Feb 2, 2005
What’s On Guide, Jan 19-26, 2005
What’s On Guide, Jan 12-18, 2005
What’s On Guide, Jan 5-11, 2005
What’s On Guide, Dec 15-21, 2004
What’s On Guide, Dec 8-14, 2004
What’s On Guide, Nov 25 – 1 Dec, 2004
What’s On Guide, Nov 17 – 24, 2004

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